While you are ready to take the plunge, make sure you do so with caution and take note of these ground rules for a fun workplace fling.
Office romances can be fun-filled adventure rides that open up different avenues. But you need to add a little bit of caution to relationships at the workplace as this could lead to a tarnished image, awkwardness and even job loss at times.
However, if you really like someone, we suggest you go for it, after all there's only one life to do it all.
And while you are ready to take the plunge, make sure you do so with caution and take note of these ground rules for a fun workplace fling.
Keep it professional: When at work don't spend time with your partner. Do what you're there for. Never compromise your work time for quality time with the other person. This could make people suspicious and resentful towards you. It's best to avoid all kinds of extra attention at this point.
Leave personal chats for post work dates: The one important ground rule is to keep your relationship limited to professional talks at work. You could make exceptions when on lunch breaks or group outings but when in the office keep it work-related only. Limit the other talks to post work hours.
Do not use official communication: Ditch the company communication system at work when talking to your man. Work emails and computers are easily accessible by all and can create quite an embarrassing situation when out in the open. Rather use SMSs and keep it short and simple but interesting.
Don't just take off: Little breaks during office hours with that special someone or secluded lunch dates can be questionable. So it's best to avoid going out alone with your partner especially on office premises. It'll only take a spark to light the fire of rumours.
Avoid dating your subordinates: Think again if you are planning on dating your subordinate. A senior or junior member of your own team is more likely to make you a subject to sexual harassment claims. If you are dating a co-worker from another team then things are more relaxed.
Declare the relationship if it's serious: If you are in a serious relationship and are planning to take things forward you might not want to play hide and seek. Plus most people won't mind the relationship at all and will be happy for you both so don't keep it under wraps if it doesn't need to be.
Elevator adventures: Steamy sexual adventures in the elevator are things that most people dream of and you are one of the few who can actually practice them so make the most of it and use your alone time in the elevators rightly. P.S: Be extra careful with the security cameras that could be troublemakers.
Don't indulge in PDA: Public Display of Affection can be a trigger of resentment especially in an office romance so make sure you set your boundaries straight and don't irk your colleagues. The hugging, holding hands and even light nudges can wait till after work.
Career comes first: Whatever the scene may be, your career always comes first so don't neglect it for your temporary relationship. Don't let your equation with your co-worker come in the way of your work especially if it involves bailing your partner out of a sticky situation.
Have a breakup plan: If you are not that into each other then it's best to have a breakup plan. Make sure you decide what and how you both will take it forward after you part ways as things are bound to get awkward. It's best to maintain a basic friendship that will make it easy to face each other.